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Ortlip, Stater Highlight Weekend for Men’s Tennis at ITA Southwest Regionals

Ortlip, Stater Highlight Weekend for Men’s Tennis at ITA Southwest Regionals
MALIBU, Calif. — Senior Josh Ortlip reached the round of 16 of the men's singles bracket and sophomore Alex Stater reached the semifinals of the men's singles consolation bracket to highlight the Cal Poly men's tennis team weekend at the ITA Southwest Regionals in Malibu.

Ortlip reached the round of 16 in the single elimination bracket after taking down Loyola Marymount's Ethan Prost in the round of 64 7-5, 6-2. He then defeated Blaz Seric from Hawai'i 7-6 (6), 6-3 to advance to the round of 16. There, despite pushing USC's Logan Smith to a tiebreaker in the first set, he fell 7-6 (3), 6-3. Smith went on to reach the championship match.

In the consolation bracket, Stater first beat Hawaii's Asad Siyyid. He was then matched-up against fellow Mustang teammate Daly Meinert. In three sets, Stater was able to beat Meinert 6-7 (4), 6-4, 10-5. In the quarterfinals, Stater took down Grand Canyon's Jakub Novak 7-6 (1), 6-0. In the semifinals, he faced Arizona State's Tom Wright and pushed it to three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 10-2.

Elsewhere in singles for the Mustangs, junior Antoine Noel reached the round of 32 in the single elimination bracket. He took down Pepperdine's Sander Gjoels-Andersen 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to advance before falling to USC's Jake DeVine.

Sophomore Roman Shenkiryk and freshman Karapet Vardanyan also won a match in the men's singles single elimination bracket.

The team will be back in action this weekend for the final tournaments of the fall season. The team will be split between the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships and the Saint Mary's Fall Invitational.
Photo courtesy Alexander Bohlen